Making Pterosaurs Fly
9. Matt Wilkinson 2007
In 2007, Dr Matt Wilkinson and Rodger Highfield developed a flying model of the pterosaur Anhanguera in conjunction with the model designer Vivian Bock to test his theories on the function of the pteroid bone in flight.
Vivian Bock and Matt Wilkinson
The model was successfully flown in the Summer of that year and was able to demonstrate the possibility of the pteroid function in providing increased lift at low air speeds.
Wilkinson M. T., Unwin D. M. and Ellington C. P., 2005, High lift function of the pteroid bone and forewing of pterosaurs: Proceeding of the Royal Society, ser. B, published online, 8pp.
Wilkinson M. T., Unwin D. M. and Ellington C. P., 2006, High lift function of the pteroid bone and forewing of pterosaurs: Proceedings of the Royal Society, Series B, vol.273, p.119-126.
Sailing the skies: the improbable aeronautical success of the pterosaurs, The Journal of Experimental Biology 210, 1663-1671
Matthew T. Wilkinson,
zoologist and research fellow at the Department of Zoology, Cambridge
Roger Highfield, junior research fellow at Clare College, Cambridge
Vivian Rene Bock, German model designer who has developed a range of flying pterosaur model kits.
www.randrmodelaircraft.com - Pterotec, USA
ovirc.free.fr/Pterosaures.php - Ovirk, France